With a less-than-brilliant reboot starring David Spade as a super-annoying Sparx, and an even less appealing resurgence in the form of the Skylanders series, Spyro, everyone’s favourite little purple dragon, hasn’t had much luck in recent years. Until recently, neither had his Aussie mate, Crash Bandicoot, but after the exceptional success of last year’s N. Sane Trilogy remaster, Crash is in more demand than ever, with rumoured ports and titles supposedly right around the corner.
Given the success of Crash’s return, many Spyro fans have, as anyone could have predicted, been going out of their way to make their desires known – i.e. “GIVE US A SPYRO TRILOGY REMASTER!” – and now, fellow Spyro fans, our prayers may finally have been answered.
According to Kotaku, several sources, each supposedly with close links to the studio involved, have confirmed that Activision are getting ready to reveal a Spyro remaster trilogy in March, with a planned release in Q3 of this year. The trilogy, should it be real, will contain the first Spyro game Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage! (known in Europe and Australia as Gateway to Glimmer), and Year of the Dragon, the series’ third instalment. With the original game’s 20th anniversary happening in September, a remaster at this point would make a lot of sense. These same sources have also added that it is Vicarious Visions, the guys behind the amazing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, developing the game – meaning that if a Spyro remaster is happening, it’s in very safe and talented hands.
If you are a regular reader here on PixelTome, you may remember that I recently wrote a piece on the rumours surrounding our favourite spinning marsupial, about ports to the Switch and PC this year. Well, if these Spyro rumours are true, there may be more weight to those Crash Bandicoot rumours as well, as allegedly this Spyro remaster (if it is truly happening) will be a timed exclusive for PS4, being ported elsewhere in 2019.
The big question in my mind, although this may not be the biggest concern for many, is what is going to happen with the voice acting? Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy saw the return of many past cast members, but from later games. The biggest example of this is the main villain himself, Doctor Neo Periwinkle Cortex. The big headed megalomaniac was originally voiced by Brendan O’Brien in Crash Bandicoot and Clancy Brown in Cortex Strikes Back and WARPED!, but when the N. Sane Trilogy came out, Lex Lang took over, who first voiced him back in Twinsanity. Considering the later cast members for the Spyro series, we could have quite the a-list cast, especially considering Spyro himself, originally voiced by Spongebob Squarepants‘ Tom Kenny, ended up being voiced by Elijah Wood.
What do you guys think of these rumours? Excited for the prospect of Spyro chasing down those egg thieves again at long last? Looking forward to potentially roasting Ripto and the Sorceress all over again? Personally, I hope these rumours prove to be something to get excited over, because quite frankly, I need to headbutt Moneybags again. If you don’t know much about Spyro, you can find out all about the original games over on Insomniac Games’ website here, and don’t forget to follow us here at PixelTome over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest rumours about Spyro and his adventures.